Archives for 2022

OBITUARY: Kelley Masuda

Kelley Masuda Jan. 11, 1970 – Mar. 31, 2022 MASUDA, KELLEY passed away at UCSF Parnassus. She is survived by her parents Carolyn and Robert, her sons Spencer and Gavin, and her brothers Jeff (Melanie, Josh, Lucas, Chloe), and Ross (Lu). A closed private service will be held on April 30, 2022. In lieu of […]


Although I technically now have all the time in the world since leaving the productive workforce, it seems that sometimes I’m still pressed for time. Maybe it’s because I have stepped up my exercise regimen from one hour of cardio on my bike once a week to three times a week, as well as finally […]

Michelle Yeoh shows Asian immigrant women are ‘Everything’

  Michelle Yeoh was adamant about one script change before committing to “Everything Everywhere All At Once.” The main character’s name had to go. She was named Michelle as a love letter to her from the directors. “I’m like ‘No, no, no’ because I believe this person, this character that you’ve written so rich, deserves […]

OBITUARY: Yuriko Oshita

Yuriko Oshita Sept. 3, 1925 – March 31, 2022 OSHITA YURIKO is survived by daughter Eiko (Hiroshi) Masai, son Kenneth (Linda), grandchildren Kerry (Katie), Chris (Eline) and Lindsey, 5 great-grandchildren. Also cousins, nieces and nephews in the US and Japan. A private service was held.

Unexpected hit, Guardians’ Kwan making name with start

CLEVELAND — The new name causing the biggest stir in Cleveland these days belongs to Steven Kwan, a 24-year-old with a keen eye and knack for swinging and not missing. He’s the surprise of the baseball season so far. An unexpected hit. “He’s been above average,” Guardians manager Terry Francona joked of Kwan. Few players […]

OBITUARY: Joyce Mitsuko Terao

Joyce Mitsuko Terao Dec. 9, 1919 – Apr. 5, 2022 TERAO, JOYCE MITSUKO passed away peacefully at her home in Alameda, CA, on April 5, 2022. She was 102 years old. Joyce was born in Stockton, CA, to Kinzo and Misue Tateyama on Dec. 9, 1919. At the age of 12, she was sent to […]

Mark Izu’s reflective journey through music with ‘Songs For J-Town’ April 23

Nichi Bei Weekly Report Award-winning jazz musician Mark Izu will present his latest concert “Songs for J-Town,” featuring a personal reflection of his nearly five-decade musical journey, April 23 at the Presidio Theatre in San Francisco. He recently sat down with the Nichi Bei Weekly to discuss the project, and what it means to him. […]

Queen Stephanie Misa Doi and court embark on year-long JA journey

The AMC Kabuki 8 in San Francisco’s Japantown was packed for the 2022 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program April 9, signaling a return to form for the annual program for young professional Japanese American women. The COVID-19 pandemic prompted a major break in tradition as the in-person festival was canceled in 2020. The […]

Contentious redistricting process leaves S.F.’s J-Town relatively unscathed

San Francisco’s nine-member Redistricting Task Force has made headlines during its final weeks of deliberation in April, but the city’s Japantown has largely stayed out of the spotlight, despite sitting on the border of the heavily impacted District 5. Every decade, the city must redraw its 11 supervisorial districts based on the latest U.S. Census […]

Experts: Asian population overcount masks community nuances

PHOENIX — Jennifer Chau was astonished last month when the U.S. Census Bureau’s report card on how accurately it counted the U.S. population in 2020 showed that Asian people were overcounted by the highest rate of any race or ethnic group. The director of an Asian American advocacy group thought thousands of people would be […]

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